New Books Network

Santiago Zabala, “Being at Large: Freedom in the Ago of Alternative Facts” (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2020)
In recent years, questions around the nature of ​truth ​and ​facts have reentered public debate, often in discussions around journalistic bias, and whether politically neutral reporting is possible, or even desirable. Many pundits have tried to place blame for the increasingly slippery and fickle nature of truth in reporting on... Read More
Cailin O’Connor, “The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread” (Yale UP, 2018)
The social dynamics of “alternative facts”: why what you believe depends on who you know Why should we care about having true beliefs? And why do demonstrably false beliefs persist and spread despite bad, even fatal, consequences for the people who hold them? In The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs... Read More
Alexander Zevin, “Liberalism at Large: The World According to the Economist” (Verso, 2019)
The Economist is a curious publication. It always takes a point of view (as opposed to the all-the-news-that’s-fit-to-print approach). It maintains a uniform voice (editors and writers are typically handpicked from the same elite British universities, and rarely are there author bylines). And it has lasted a long time, originating... Read More
Mallika Kaur, “Faith, Gender, and Activism in the Punjab Conflict: The Wheat Fields Still Whisper” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
Punjab was the arena of one of the first major armed conflicts of post-colonial India. During its deadliest decade, as many as 250,000 people were killed. This book makes an urgent intervention in the history of the conflict, which to date has been characterized by a fixation on sensational violence—or... Read More
Christopher D. Bader, “Fear Itself: The Causes and Consequences of Fear in America” (NYU Press, 2020)
From moral panics about immigration and gun control to anxiety about terrorism and natural disasters, Americans live in a culture of fear. While fear is typically discussed in emotional or poetic terms—as the opposite of courage, or as an obstacle to be overcome—it nevertheless has very real consequences in everyday... Read More
Travis Lupick, “Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction” (Arsenal, 2018)
North America is in the grips of a drug epidemic; with the introduction of fentanyl, the chances of a fatal overdose are greater than ever, prompting many to rethink the war on drugs. Public opinion has slowly begun to turn against prohibition, and policy-makers are finally beginning to look at... Read More
Margaret E. Roberts, “Censored: Distraction and Diversion Inside China’s Great Firewall” (Princeton UP, 2020)
We often think of censorship as governments removing material or harshly punishing people who spread or access information. But Margaret E. Roberts’ new book Censored: Distraction and Diversion Inside China’s Great Firewall (Princeton University Press, 2020) reveals the nuances of censorship in the age of the internet. She identifies 3... Read More
Ruth Palmer, “Becoming the News: How Ordinary People Respond to the Media Spotlight” (Columbia UP, 2017)
In her book, Becoming the News: How Ordinary People Respond to the Media Spotlight (Columbia University Press, 2017), Ruth Palmer argues that understanding the motivations and experiences of those who have been featured in news stories – voluntarily or not – sheds new light on the practice of journalism and... Read More